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Should Anyone Be Allowed to Live Anywhere? Exploring Human Migration

US-Mexico border. Photo: Pol Sena, via Flickr.

Event Description

For more than 200,000 years, Homo sapiens have been moving around the planet, sometimes drawn and sometimes driven by a host of natural and man-made forces: drought, floods, crop failure, war, the quest for survival, or the hope of a better future. This movement can cause immense upheaval for both migrants and the societies to which they move. But recently, the discussion about immigration has become overheated on both sides of the political spectrum as travel bans, border walls, and terrorism dominate the headlines.

What really happens when vast numbers of our fellow humans are on the move? This event will go beyond the rhetoric to examine the roots and the routes of human migration, the reasons people leave their native lands, and the effects of migrants on the economy and culture of established societies. Explore the push and pull factors that cause human migration, which in turn can help us understand more fully events in the headlines.

This event features Mark Ellis, University of Washington geography professor and director of the Northwest Census Research Data Center, and David Fenner, affiliate faculty at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Moderated by KUOW Public Radio’s Liz Jones.

Media sponsor: KUOW.

  • When
  • April 25, 2017
    7:00 pm
  • Where
  • Naked City Brewery and Taphouse
    8564 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, WA 98103 United States
  • More Info
  • Zaki Hamid
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